Finding Your Best Wedding Photographers in Miami
Finding Your Best Wedding Photographers in Miami
Trying to find the best wedding photographers in Miami can easily be a tedious task. With so many wedding photographers to choose from, it is no wonder why brides often become overwhelmed when they are looking for the best wedding photographer for their wedding.
However, you don’t have to get overwhelmed. What you need is a plan for finding your perfect wedding photographer. Here we have given you 5 steps to help you find the best wedding photographer in Miami.
Step 1 – Be Realistic
What does the best wedding photographer mean to you? Perhaps you would like a photographer with a particular style or you may want a photographer that you like and can relate to. Whatever it is that you considered to be best, you should identify and make a note of it. Your idea of a best wedding photographer may be very different from your friends or from other brides.
Understand that there are many organizations that rate and rank photographers base on the quality and technical aspect of the photographers’ photos. There are other organizations that rank and rate photographers base on the photographer participation in their programs. Some of these organization require photographers to be subscribe or to make a onetime payment in order to be rated and ranked. Our point here is to get you to stop and think. Just because someone says that this photographer is the best, doesn’t mean that is true for you.
So what is a bride supposed to do? To get a clear and concise idea of what is best for you, we recommend that you create a list of things that are important to you. To make the list more manageable you can break it up into these 4 groups: Photos, Personality, Cost, and Clients Relations. Your list should look something like this:
Step 2 – Create a List of Potential Wedding Photographers
Once you have a realistic idea of what is best for you, your next step should be to go searching for your potential best wedding photographers in Miami. As mentioned above, there are a lot of wedding photographers here in Miami. To reduce time and to ensure that you are only considering the photographers that you think are best, start your search online.
Use the photo section of your “Things That Are Important To You List“, to evaluate and select 10 wedding photographers for further evaluation. These photographers should have galleries of real weddings they have done, not just a selection of the best photos from various weddings. Galleries of real weddings will give you a better insight as in to how the photographer will tell your story. Prioritize your list of photographers in order of best photographers. This will help you to quickly determine which photographer you can eliminate from your list.
Step 3 – Evaluate Cost
Now, with your list of photographers and your list of what is important to you, you can start evaluating each photographers cost. Go to each photographer website and see if they have price listed on their sites. Some photographers will have price listed, others will have a price range, and many old school photographers will want you to call them or make an appointment in order to get a pricing. There are many school of thoughts when it comes to wedding photography pricing and you could easily get lost in this step.
To keep it simple, just keep in mind what you are willing to pay and what you would like to received. For instant, if your number one photographer prices start at 7K and you know that there is no way you can afford to pay 7K, you can eliminate that photographer from your list. If the next photographer has a package within your budget but the package doesn’t offer everything you want, you will have a few options. You can see if the photographer will modify the package so that you get what you want, you may accept the package as is and compromise on your desires or you can eliminate or reprioritize that photographer.
Hopefully by now you are getting a feel for navigating through the gazillions of wedding photographers in Miami to find your best photographer. As you evaluate cost, keep an eye out for photographers that let you build your own package and photographers that will let you request a quote. These options will allow you to zero in on your target budget so that you can make a decision fast.
If you really love a photographer photos and they have no pricing information on their site, see if you can send them a text message, if text is not an option then call them. If no one pick up when you call, leave them a message and send them an email or fill out the form on their site. Be sure to let them know that you like their photos and you are just doing initial research and you are not ready to hire a photographer.
Step 4 – Do You Like the Photographer?
At this point, your list of photographers should have dwindled considerable. Finding your best wedding photographer in Miami is a bit like dating. So, your next step is to see if you like the remaining photographers on your list and prioritize them. This can be done in 2 phase. First, go to their about page and see what they have to say. Do they speak to you? Can you connect with them?
If you are getting good vibes from best wedding photographers in Miami about page, you may be ready to dig a little bit further. See if you can schedule a quick phone call with them. Your goal here is to get a feel for their personality and responsiveness. Once you get a photographer on the phone, they should be polite, genuinely interested in learning about your wedding, a good listener, and allow you to ask as many question as time permits. If they talk down to you or if they are all about themselves, and if they are pushy, these could be signs of a red flag. Ask yourself “is this someone I can spend an entire day with? At the end of this step you should have at least 3 photographers that you can set an appointment with for a consultation.
Step 5 – Meet with Your Best Miami Wedding Photographer
Think of this step as your first date – you have the warm and bubbly feeling, you are excited and ready for the first kiss but you still want to be in control. For your meeting you want to be prepared, you should already have most of your questions answered, however, don’t be shy to ask the same questions again. Make sure that you have a clear understanding on contract terms such as Act of God clause, Cancelations and Refunds, and Deliverables. Note that if you will be traveling to Miami for your wedding, you should still have a meeting via video conferencing.
Don’t sabotage yourself during this step. Once you have met with all 3 photographers, it’s time to hire your best wedding photographers in Miami. We have met with many couples who love our work, our pricing is within their budget, we answer all their questions, and all that’s left to do is to book us but they will find minuscule things to talk themselves out of closing the deal. They will say things like, “we need to think about it, let us talk it over and get back with you”, etc.…. End the knight with a kiss!
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